Euro 2016: Top tips to staying safe online

The Euro 2016 is set to kick off on Friday and with thousands of football fans set to depend on Public Wi-Fi networks to work more flexibly, the risk of cyber-theft will loom large during the tournament.

Kaspersky Lab has published a list of do's and don'ts for football fans to prepare themselves for such threats which may compromise their work as well as privacy.

To begin with, Kaspersky Lab is advising users to be responsible towards professional data and to handle such data with care. A lack of seriousness on part of employees may end up compromising confidential business data which may hurt any enterprise, large or small. Kaspersky Lab bases this observation on a study conducted in the United States where it found that less that 4 per cent of employees would actually care if confidential data of their employers were compromised through cyber-theft.

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Given that you might be accessing a Public Wi-Fi in a bar, a club or a stadium during the Euros, you will also need to be very cautious about typing in your passwords when there's a chance that someone else might get a good look at them. Being discreet at public places might just do you and your employer a world of good.

Kaspersky Lab has also warned users not to click on phishing and ransomware e-mails which may appear genuine at first and may also appear to come from a colleague. Such phishing messages can plant malware in devices which may compromise the data stored in them and may also corrupt devices permanently. You should also be wise enough to transmit data only through encrypted modes of communication, preferably iMessage or WhatsApp. Because of the lack of encryption software protecting them, e-mails are quite vulnerable to hackers who might exploit such weaknesses. Even if you are connected to a Public Wi-Fi network, using end-to-end encryption software as well as a VPN will keep you safe from hackers and the malware they throw in.

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Yet another way, as per Kaspersky Lab, to keep your data protected is to keep your devices updated with the latest versions of operating systems as well as security software. However, no matter how secure devices are, some powerful form of malware may still manage to creep in. If you realise at any point that your device has been compromised, you would be wise to let your company's IT department know immediately which can then take steps like blocking the device, remote-wiping it or isolating the malware to keep it secure.

“Euro 2016 should be a celebration of football for fans the world over to enjoy. Sadly, occasions where people are more relaxed about device and data security can quickly become a happy hunting ground for hackers," said David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at  Kaspersky Lab.  "Cybercriminals won’t hesitate to pounce on an under-protected football supporter trying to work remotely.  A few basic precautions before, during and after the match will help employers and their workforce to stay safe – leaving them free to enjoy the glorious spectacle of sport,” he added.

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While the suggestions made by Kaspersky Lab are indeed helpful towards keeping your privacy and data safe during the Euros, there are many other ways to keep your data secure from multiple hacking attempts. Recently, Google introduced a new Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tool in Gmail that prevents sensitive and confidential data from getting leaked through email. The Data Loss Prevention tool scans emails as well as attachments like documents, presentations and excel files for keywords that are predefined in the tool. Once the tool finds a match with sensitive or confidential information, it will either quarantine the email for review, tell users to modify the information or block the email from being sent and notify the sender.

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